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My favorite time to read is when it’s raining. I love cuddling up on the couch or in my bed, wrapping a blanket around me, and cozying up with a book while raindrops pelt against the window.

But April in Texas has been a drought. Sadly, so has my reading this month!

Although I read when the sun is shining (preferably on a sandy white beach listening to the waves lapping), a busy writing schedule and marketing classes have kept me from my favorite pastime. I hope to remedy that situation as summer approaches, but that remains to be seen.

Until then, here’s a quick look at the wonderful books I added to my reading journal/log this month:

Dearest Josephine

Author: Caroline George (no, we’re not related!)

Genre: YA Romance

# of pages: 384

Book summary:

Love arrives at the most unexpected time . . .

1821: Elias Roch has ghastly luck with women. He met Josephine De Clare once and penned dozens of letters hoping to find her again.

2021: Josie De Clare has questionable taste in boyfriends. The last one nearly ruined her friendship with her best friend.

Now, in the wake of her father’s death, Josie finds Elias’s letters. Suddenly she’s falling in love with a guy who lived two hundred years ago. And star-crossed doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

My thoughts: I loved this book! It took me a while to get into it because of the different writing formats/mediums: email, texts, letters, and a manuscript/novel but once I did, I really enjoyed the story. It’s intriguing and enduring and has a surprise ending that doesn’t disappoint. 4.8 out of 5 stars!

 

Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small

Author: Mark Batterson

Genre: Non-fiction/Christian Inspiration

# of pages: 240

Book summary:

Quit playing it safe and start running toward the roar! 
 
When the image of a man-eating beast travels through the optic nerve and into the visual cortex, the brain sends the body a simple but urgent message: run away! That’s what normal people do, but not lion chasers. Rather than seeing a five-hundred-pound problem, they see an opportunity for God to show up and show His power.

Chase the Lion is more than a catchphrase; it’s a radically different approach to life. It’s only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane. With grit and gusto, New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.

This is a wake-up call to stop living as if the purpose of life was to simply arrive safely at death. Our dreams should scare us. They should be so big that without God they would be impossible to achieve. Quit running away from what you’re afraid of.

Chase the lion!
Change the world!

My thoughts: I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, so when I do, it has to be really good. Chase the Lion wasn’t just good, it was great! I loved the author’s style of writing, the anecdotes he used to convey the topic of each chapter, and the simplicity of the message. If you’re looking for something to supercharge your dream, this is the book for you!

Have any books you would recommend I add to my TBR list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy reading,

 

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